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Celestial – Book Review

Book Title: Celestial(Angels of Elysium #2)
Author: Olivia Wildenstein
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
Target Audience: New Adult
Publication date: January 5th 2021
Format: Kindle

“Because we aren’t the sum of our mistakes but the sum of how we deal with them.”

What it’s about

Celestial

In ninety-two days, the feathered appendages that link me to the people I loathe finally come off. Dear, winglets, you will not be missed.

Celeste has spent the last four years building a life outside of angelic guilds—parties, check—pursuing human ambitions instead of celestial ones—college, check—and shedding feathers across Parisian cobblestones and more recently New York sidewalks—speaking her mind, always check.

She swore off angels, but the death of the woman who took her in the night Leigh died brings them soaring back into her life . . . and not just any angel but the most detestable one, the one complicit in Leigh’s death—Seraph Asher.

Although Celeste tells the archangel to feather off, the unreasonably pretty and obstinate man doesn’t leave her alone. He returns and insists she complete her wings. When she asks him for one good reason to do so, he gives her an unbeatable one: what he did with Leigh’s soul.

Asher never meant to share his damning secret, but he knows it’s the only way to save Celeste—the rebellious Fletching he can’t get out of his head . . . or heart.

Author

Olivia Wildenstein

USA TODAY bestselling author Olivia Wildenstein grew up in New York City and earned her bachelor’s in comparative literature from Brown University. After designing jewellery for a few years, Wildenstein traded in her tools for the writing life, which made more sense considering her college degree.

When she’s not sitting at her computer, she’s psychoanalyzing everyone she meets (Yes. Everyone), eavesdropping on conversations to gather material for her next book, and attempting not to forget one of her kids in school.

She has a slight obsession with romance, which might be the reason why she writes it.

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First Impressions

First I need to acknowledge the use of what looks like broken glass which is how I felt at the end of reading Feather.

Obviously, this book is about Celeste but I think the events of Feather had more of an effect on her than I am anticipating. This and the synopsis clearly state that she’s given up now and is passed caring. The feather is an obvious choice as it’s about angels and I feel we’re still going to be in France with the setting due to the fleur de leis on the cover.

The cover feels like this should belong to a different series as Feather was a gold cover and had a sad ending. I’m hoping that the darker cover means the opposite.

What I Thought

Where Feather broke me last year when I read it as fast as I possibly could. Celestial stitched my heart back together again without morphine and making sure to break it a little more first. 

Unfortunately, my sleep suffered and then work because I couldn’t put this down and only did so when my husband shouted at me and told me I had to go to sleep (he knows how I am if I don’t get enough sleep). This book pulled me in from Feather and Celeste kept me just as entertained.

This book is set four years after the events that happened in Feather and Celeste is an angelic rebel who no longer gives a shit about her feathers or lack thereof. She has good reason to. However, Asher is the first POV and his POV is for the prologue and it tells us of his damming secret that unfolds more as we proceed through the book.

Olivia Wildenstein has written this wonderfully and has even provided an Angelic Glossary which I didn’t think I’d need but I kept glancing back to it.

I would like to keep revisiting these stories and will not only have to get them in a hardback but now wait until the third book in the series to read and the 12 months between Feather and Celestial felt way too long. I definitely put these books on my must-read list.

Star Rating

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